Manchester United’s David de Gea: This is what Iker Casillas told me after Luxembourg v Spain

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is delighted to have played for Spain against Luxembourg in the Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea made his first competitive start for Spain on Sunday.

The 23-year-old played the entire 90 minutes against Luxembourg in the Euro 2016 Group C qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel.

De Gea was relatively untroubled against the European minnows and had to make just three saves.

The former Atletico Madrid star was delighted to have played for Spain again and is quoted by Football Espana as telling AS: ‘I felt very comfortable with the team. It’s an important victory. Gradually you gain confidence and with the encouragement I get, it’s easier’.

There was a feeling on Sunday that De Gea could now become the first-choice goalkeeper for Spain. Long-serving and legendary custodian Iker Casillas was on the substitutes' bench, having come under severe criticism for some high-profile errors in recent months.

De Gea, though, is not thinking that far ahead and revealed that the Real Madrid star had congratulated him for his performance against Luxembourg.

‘The coach (Vicente del Bosque) decides who plays’, he said. ‘I always come with all the enthusiasm I have to help the team. Iker has congratulated me’.

The next game for Spain is against Belarus is at the Nuevo Colombino in Huelva on November 15, and it will be a surprise if De Gea does not start.

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